Yesterday we asked if nannies and au pairs have cared for children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Today we ask if in-home childcare providers have ever cared for children with panic disorder.
The key characteristic of panic disorder is recurring panic attacks.
A panic attack is an episode of intense fear and unease, comprised of both physical symptoms and a number of fearful thoughts.
Physical symptoms of a panic attack include increased heart rate and chest pain, choking sensations, difficulty breathing, sweating and trembling, gastrointestinal distress, body temperature changes, hot or cold flushes, dizziness, and numbness or tingling in the limbs. For example, the child might think they are having a heart attack or have diarrhea.
Cognitive symptoms (thoughts), include fear of dying or losing control of one’s mind or self, feeling as if one is in a dream and events seem unreal.
Have you ever cared for a child who suffered from panic attacks or was diagnosed with panic disorder? If so, how did you help the child?